|Número de publicación||US8102980 B2|
|Tipo de publicación||Concesión|
|Número de solicitud||US 11/760,493|
|Fecha de publicación||24 Ene 2012|
|Fecha de prioridad||30 Abr 2005|
|También publicado como||US8223935, US8369500, US8422651, US8462923, US8798576, US20060248010, US20070288367, US20070288368, US20080033873, US20080033874, US20080040267|
|Número de publicación||11760493, 760493, US 8102980 B2, US 8102980B2, US-B2-8102980, US8102980 B2, US8102980B2|
|Inventores||Jayaprakash Krishnamoorthy, David S. Labuda, James R. Haddock, Mark S. Goldman|
|Cesionario original||Oracle International Corporation|
|Exportar cita||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Citas de patentes (257), Otras citas (107), Citada por (10), Clasificaciones (9), Eventos legales (3)|
|Enlaces externos: USPTO, Cesión de USPTO, Espacenet|
This application is a divisional application of and claims priority to U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/415,759, filed May 1, 2006 by Jayaprakash Krishnamoorthy et al and entitled “REVENUE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS”, which claims priority to and incorporates by reference U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 60/676,327, filed Apr. 30, 2005, both of which are incorporated herein by reference, in their entirety for all purposes.
1. Field of the Invention
This invention relates to systems and methods for revenue management. Specifically, this invention related to revenue management for telecommunication systems.
2. Summary of the Related Art
Telecommunications account management is coordinated by software on servers in data communication with the telecommunications network. On the simplest level, these revenue management servers track user accounts, managing balances and preparing bills. With the development of various telecommunication services and service plans, account management has grown in complexity in recent years. Providers of telecommunications services desire revenue management software that can manage the complex services and service plans, and can also provide intelligent analysis and feedback to improve customer satisfaction and fiscal performance.
Revenue management software modules often are configured to handle individual applications. When various software modules are assembled as a whole package, the modules are not originally intended to be used with each other, reducing efficiencies, if even workable at all.
Furthermore, revenue management systems fail to provide detailed analysis of the user base and provide feedback to help coordinate future actions from the service provider.
A system for managing revenue on a telecommunications network is disclosed. The telecommunications network can be wired or wireless.
A system for managing revenue from complex subscriber groups, (e.g., corporate subscribers) is disclosed. The system can be configured to simultaneously manage revenue for prepaid, postpaid, now-paid payment models. The system can manage revenue from third-party settlements.
The system can manage revenue from flexible pricing and rating of bundles of services of voice, data, and content. The system can manage revenue from communications based on the originating source and content partner of the content. The system can also manage revenue from systems needing differentiation with text/SMS pricing and free voice call bundles.
The system can maintain a network agnostic position. A network agnostic position is the ability to operate over any network (e.g., IP and circuit-switched, fixed and mobile, voice, or data).
The system can have a revenue intelligence module. The revenue intelligence module can predict results for various revenue models. The revenue intelligence module can identify price plan optimization, opportunities for cost controls, and define services recommended for the market.
A revenue management system is disclosed. The revenue management system can be configured for managing usage of networks (e.g., voice, data, energy). The revenue management system can monitor user accounts stored in a database. The database can be in data communication with the revenue management system. The revenue management system can be made from computer hardware (e.g., within a network server) and/or software (e.g., operating on a network server). The revenue management system can have one or more modules. The modules can be function-specific computer hardware and/or software.
The revenue management system can be used for telecommunications and other data-based services. The revenue management system can be multi-module and also fully convergent on a single platform solution. The revenue management system can provide a fully convergent system allowing subscribers to have both prepaid and postpaid payment methods within a single account.
The revenue management system can have a real-time interactive mode for time-critical, high performance, always available elements. For less time critical activities, the revenue management system processes these activities in a high performance batch processing interface. The revenue management system can have central revenue management functions for “back office” functions, such as customer management and financial reporting.
The revenue management system can have a real-time platform. The real-time platform can retrieve data from current operations for analysis or other review. The real-time platform can provide a single customer view across all services, with full data integrity.
The revenue management system can have a revenue generation module, a revenue capture module, a revenue collection module, a revenue intelligence module, a balance management module, or combinations thereof.
All of the modules can analyze the database and the service-provider trends or requests and/or customer usage trends to produce results and conclusions described herein.
Revenue Generation Module
The revenue generation module can enables services to be delivered to customers, optimally priced for the user, service provider, and service provider's partners. The revenue generation module provides real-time access to customer data. Therefore, service providers can respond quickly to changing market conditions by rapidly introducing competitive products and services, ensuring they retain the most profitable customers.
The revenue generation module can define pricing, promotions, and service bundles with a unified pricing interface. The revenue generation module can provide customers one tool and one process for any payment method. The revenue generation module can support one-time, non-recurring events (e.g., registration/cancellation charges, commerce, content, various service usage) as well as prepaid support for recurring events of varying duration (e.g., weekly, monthly, multi-monthly, and annual events), tiered, volume, multi-service discounting options as well as user-defined discounting.
For example, the revenue generation module can create discounting based on times of the day and/or days of the week, group pricing options such as closed users groups and friends and family, time and/or calling zone-and location-based pricing, transport-based (e.g., per minute, per kilobytes) pricing, value-based (e.g., per ring tone, per game, per message) pricing or combinations thereof.
The revenue generation module can define proration rules. The revenue generation module can define the linkage between products and services to entries in the general ledger (G/L).
The revenue generation module can capture and fulfill orders promptly. Orders for prepaid wireless service: include order entry, customer inquiries, disputes, payments, vouchers, and combinations thereof.
The revenue generation module can assign one or more SIM/ESN numbers to an account. The revenue generation module can perform number management with support for number portability.
The revenue generation module can enable viewing (e.g., over the internet) of real-time updates of all balances and activity related to service usage. The revenue generation module can enable customers to self-manage their services, balances, payments, and top-ups through telephone and/or internet-based interfaces.
The revenue generation module can support multiple-languages. The revenue generation module can perform a complete audit trail of all usage and CSR activity. The revenue generation module can calculate revenue sharing with partners and settlement processing for network, content, roaming, or any other partner arrangement. The revenue generation module can handle multiple partner rules (e.g., rules where each partner has its own agreement within which individual rules for revenue share calculations apply).
The revenue generation module can offer real-time, leakage-free access to third party content and applications-secure connections between third parties and the service provider including preauthorization of service use against any prepaid balances.
The revenue generation module can define revenue share agreements (e.g., percentage based, fixed fee; combination)
The revenue generation module can enable telecommunication network service for a customer. The revenue generation module can create and manage service, provide service activation and deactivation. The revenue generation module can provide provisioning and maintain information related to device use on the telecommunication network.
The revenue generation module can configure new services and service-related attributes with a graphical user interface. The revenue generation module can outline service usage record formats with spreadsheet-like interface. The revenue generation module can configure provisioning tags for incorporation into the service order. The revenue generation module can support synchronous and asynchronous workflow. The revenue generation module can define monetary and non-monetary resources (e.g., U.S. dollars, Euros, number of free downloads, ringtones purchased)
Revenue Capture Module
The revenue capture module can maximize market share using competitive pricing models and flexible balance and credit control to enable any service for any subscriber. As network services are authorized by the revenue management system and consumed by the user, transaction data are captured, rated, discounted, and charged by the revenue capture module while balances are managed. Real-time interactions reduce the risk of revenue leakage, improve customer satisfaction, and encourage usage.
The revenue capture module can authorization telecommunication network service. The revenue capture module can authenticate customers and authorize service and guide transactions through network integration. The revenue capture module can integrate the revenue management system to network elements through an API framework.
The revenue capture module can preauthorize service usage according to data stored in the database in real-time. The revenue capture module can prerate transactions according to the subscriber's current service plans and up-to-date real-time balances, without impacting the actual balance. The revenue capture module can provide-advice of charge (AoC) to the subscriber, for example, so the subscriber knows what they are paying prior to the charge against an account balance.
The revenue capture module can work in conjunction with a balance management module to reserve balances as defined by the service provider (e.g., prepaid content delivery). The revenue capture module can analyze, classify, enhance, split, and assemble transactions prior to rating. The revenue capture module can integrate network elements directly or via mediation devices for event collection.
The revenue capture module can map external service codes in event records to internal service codes, service classes, and usage classes. The revenue capture module can normalize event records to an internal, extensible format. The revenue capture module can validate all data fields to ensure data integrity. The revenue capture module can assemble multiple event records into a single event for rating. The revenue capture module can split event records into multiple copies for distribution to multiple processing streams or external systems (e.g., for fraud management). The revenue capture module can skip or discard records according to rules defined by the prepaid wireless service provider.
The revenue capture module can guide usage records to the appropriate billable account. The revenue capture module can enrich the event records with data from external sources (e.g., birthdays, closed user group indicators).
The revenue capture module can rate and discount transactions and revenue share using monetary and non-monetary resources. The revenue capture module can identify pricing and discounting as defined for the subscriber and execute the pricing and discounting on the subscriber's account. The revenue capture module can support real-time transactional rating (e.g., often required for prepaid services) as well as high-speed near real-time batch processing. The revenue capture module can define an unlimited number of chargeable event types by using an included GUI.
The revenue capture module can manage account balances, such as monitor resource availability, manage reservations, maintain thresholds, and charge transactions. The revenue capture module can support currency and non-currency balances. The revenue capture module can monitor user-configured balance thresholds and send events to other systems for processing. The revenue capture module can define balance rollover rules for any balance (e.g., monthly plan minutes). The revenue capture module can configure one or more balance groups at the account or service level for a subscriber. The revenue capture module can reserve portions of balances in real-time, as services are requested, for example, in order to support simultaneous use of a balance group without leakage or balance overruns. The revenue capture module can validate usage for application by a potential subscriber against a balance or multiple balances.
Revenue Collection Module
The revenue collection module can ensure bills and invoices are generated and appropriate monies are collected from the correct debtors. The revenue collection module can post to accounts receivables and general ledgers accounts while handling all payments terms, settlements, and disputes to ensure an accurate accounting of all revenue. The revenue collection module can produce a real-time, accurate view of revenue, for example, providing insight to customer profitability as well as the health of the business, while enabling the provider to respond more quickly to changing market dynamics.
The revenue collection module can aggregate all the bill items and perform the cycle-end billing process. The revenue collection module can apply billing time discounts based on aggregated volumes, calculating rollovers, granting and resetting of resources, performing resource conversion (i.e., folds), applying deferred taxes, applying cycle charges, or combinations thereof. The revenue collection module can utilize non-cyclical billing options for billing subscribers immediately for current charges, for one-time purchases, in advance of service being delivered, or combinations thereof.
According to one embodiment, operators may choose to extend a bill cycle without finalizing the bill. At the end of each cycle, the system creates a new bill for the new period and finalizes the bill for the old period. If there is no need to send out a bill for a period, this feature enables the extension of the existing bill into the next period and can continue in this manner until the bill is finalized. For example, a reason for suppression may be when the bill does not reach a defined threshold minimum. Certain actions can automatically un-suppress a suppressed bill. Such actions may include receiving a payment or performing account receivable actions like an adjustment after passing a configurable number of billing cycles.
According to one embodiment, customers may manually suspend their account temporarily. In such a case, the account may be suppressed for a defined period during which their products and serviced may be inactivated. It is also possible to charge customers a separate monthly fee during the suppression period.
The revenue collection module can generate one or more bills for corporate hierarchies. The revenue collection module can calculate taxes through integration with an external application or service provider (e.g., Billsoft Vertex, Worldtax Intl.). The revenue collection module can configure invoice formats in XMUXSL or utilize external invoicing software such as DOC1. The revenue collection module can generate hard and soft copy invoices.
The revenue collection module can manage general ledgers and integrate with EW systems. The revenue collection module can selectively allow service representatives to manage desired functions, for example issuing credits, handling disputes, adjustments, top-ups, refunds, or combinations thereof.
The revenue collection module can support multiple currencies. The revenue collection module can support traditional general ledger accounting through the use of a General Ledger (GIL) interface. The revenue collection module can track revenue in accordance with generally accepted accounting principals (GAAP). The revenue collection module can have an API integration to Financial EW systems such as those from SAP or Oracle.
The revenue collection module can process payments and vouchers and integrate to payment gateways. The revenue collection module can support multiple payments methods, for example, credit card, debit card, cash, check, prepaid, or combinations thereof. The revenue collection module can allow subscribers to utilize multiple payment methods per account.
The revenue collection module can have prebuilt interfaces to several third party clearinghouses (e.g., Paymentech, Bertelsmann-payment API framework) to quickly integrate to other payment centers.
The revenue collection module can have GUIs for supporting processing of incoming payments. The revenue collection module can have complete voucher management, from voucher ordering through usage of the voucher. The revenue collection module can manage accounts for multi-service, multi-balance vouchers. The revenue collection module can create voucher accounts that top up multiple currency/non-currency balances for one or more services.
The revenue collection module can support sponsored charges for usage paid for by a third party (e.g., corporation, advertiser, gift)
The revenue collection module can have accounts payable and net settlements calculations, integrate with clearing houses, and provide settlements for roaming, content, and resellers. The revenue collection module can define revenue share agreements as part of complete partner management.
The revenue collection module can manage partner arrangements, such as sharing revenues according to multiple methods, such as percentage based sharing, fixed fee sharing, per transaction sharing, volume/tier sharing, aggregations, or combinations thereof.
The revenue collection module can support accounting for roaming, network, interconnect, content, reseller, and other partners. The revenue collection module can connect to third party content in real-time for service preauthorization and settlement. The revenue collection module can provide complete support for roaming standards-TAP3 and CIBER. The revenue collection module can calculate net settlements. The revenue collection module can generate partner invoices.
Revenue Analysis Module
The revenue analysis module can provides real-time verification, reporting, analysis, and control of all events and actions which helps maximize revenue and minimize loss associated with fraud and revenue leakage. Understanding the revenue relationships with customers and partners improves their satisfaction. Revenue Analysis ensures all transactions are conducted with the fullest possible control, integrity, and completeness.
The revenue analysis module can provide data consistency, redundant processes, system high-availability, and transactional completeness. The revenue analysis module can have automated monitoring and notification to the service provider and/or the subscriber. The revenue analysis module can perform error analysis on the subscriber accounts.
The revenue analysis module can check various control points in the event processing process to check various expected parameters. The revenue analysis module can perform a real-time audit trail of all activity
The revenue analysis module can track and record CSRs actions, incoming usage, payment processing, web-self-care requests, or combinations thereof. The revenue analysis module can automatically, or can enable manual control by the service provider to, review and edit erred or potentially fraudulent event records from various network and partner sources. The revenue analysis module can re-rate usage when errors are found in how usage was processed.
The revenue analysis module can provide reporting on invoice and bill reconciliation. The revenue analysis module can provide interactive and dynamic reporting, and notification. The revenue analysis module can provide complete report design and scheduling framework. The revenue analysis module can use prebuilt report templates provided for sales, marketing, accounting and finance data. The revenue analysis module can access any data in the database, including user-defined fields. The revenue analysis module can export report data streams to other applications in XML format.
The revenue analysis module can have a revenue intelligence module (i.e., a sub-module). The revenue intelligence module can perform “what if” revenue simulations and multiple re-ratings to deliver real-time pricing optimizations. The revenue intelligence module can similarly provide data to predict churn, revenue and margin, and customer lifetime values.
The revenue intelligence module can calculate the effect of new product pricing versus existing pricing or the competition's pricing. This can include taking multiple service bundles and convergent services into account. The revenue intelligence module can increase availability of information regarding business profitability or future margin opportunities of new services. The revenue intelligence module Address market elasticity to maximize' margins For example. there maybe a five, percent shift in customer base to another price plan as a result of a marketing campaign. Or the introduction of a new service may move 10 percent of calls in Zone X to this new service in Zone Z. Improve the capability to negotiate changes in the value chain.
The revenue intelligence module can calculate an account holder's lifetime value and margin Relationship. For example, if the account holder contacts a service representative, the service representative can access the revenue intelligence module and receive an analysis of the account holder's lifetime value and margin relationship. The service representative can then propose—according to actual customer behavior—a price plan for the account holder that is in full alignment with the service provider's business objectives.
The revenue intelligence module can be used to determine an individual customer's impact on profitability, how many (and what type of) customers are gained or lost per month, and the average cost of bringing new customers onboard. The revenue intelligence module can provide the ability to calculate costs per-customer of various price plans using aggregated call behavior from customer data (or event data records).
The revenue intelligence module can analyze the fiscal success of applying discounts (including cross discounts), free units of all types, market elasticity, and other seasonal effects. Service providers can then offer customers service packages that will enhance the service relationship (i.e., leading to increased revenue potential from that customer and increased customer satisfaction).
The revenue intelligence module can enable service providers to detect and respond to changes in interconnection costs between international regions. The revenue intelligence module can use simulation engines to audit all vendor invoices, perform profitability comparisons between buy rates versus sell rates, and perform simulations on the current customer base with complex discounting programs and price elasticity.
The revenue intelligence module can decrease the time to effectively roll-out a new price plan by a service provider. Price plan introductions involve five steps: a creation phase including brainstorm and developing ideas using general targeted customer segment; a customer segment identification phase identifying which customers are most likely to accept the new price plan, evaluating competitive offers, and ensuring the target corresponds with original ideas in the creation phase; an interconnection plan identification phase including reviewing default interconnection price plans and performing interconnection partner pre-optimization; a profitability testing phase utilizing the expected service usage (and/or based on real usage), and calculating the cost for the subscriber of the service as well as for the service providers.
For customers with low or negative margin, their characteristics (especially actual call behavior, contract and demographic data) must be analyzed to identify and minimize any financial risk. Next, informed decisions can be made whether to follow the assumptions, tune the service costs, or to accept a known risk.
The customer segment identification phase, an interconnection plan identification phase, and profitability testing phase remain a closed loop until consensus is achieved. If the data during analysis is poor, each approximation made working with averages or skipping steps to save time may entirely compromise the profitability of the new price plan or service.
The revenue intelligence module can be configured to perform customer segment identification, interconnection plan identification, and profitability testing. Therefore, the revenue intelligence module can improve data quality and reduce the time spent (e.g., by automating analysis and making results immediately available to decision makers) in the customer segment identification phase, interconnection plan identification phase, and profitability testing phase.
Instantaneously determined by the revenue intelligence module based on real-time data for any given customer segment defined within databases to which the module has access. Within hours. the proposal's effect on the entire customer base can be identified. This enables informed decisions to be made based on call behavior that will optimize costs in alignment with returns. Alternatively. when a new interconnect tariff is launched, Revenue Intelligence enables product managers to immediately determine the best average interconnection cost for all the customers in the price plan and generate a list of current and best price plan costs per customer, providing the ability to change only price plans that will deliver results.
The revenue management system can be configured to easily integrate with other computer hardware and/or software systems. The revenue management system can be configured to integrate, and can be integrated, with an internet integration application, for example, Microsoft.Net Integration. The internet integration application can enable the revenue management system to easily integrate with any enterprise application integration (EAI) middleware and allows third-party enterprise applications to access the revenue management system through the use of web services. For this particular enhancement, the web services can be created using the internet integration application platform.
The revenue management system can be configured to integrate, and can be integrated, with a business process transaction integration application, for example Microsoft BizTalk Adapter. The business process transaction integration application feature can enable EAI with the revenue management system on the business process transaction integration application platform. The business process transaction integration application can enable third-party enterprise applications to integrate with the revenue management system and orchestrate business process transactions with the revenue management system platform. The business process transaction integration application can enable any application to map its process definitions and workflow using the web services framework and enables the revenue management system to push documents into business process transaction integration application.
The revenue management system can be configured to integrate, and can be integrated, with an external database revenue management application, for example, SAP RM-CA or Siebel TelcoOne. The integrated revenue management system and application can provide total visibility and fully integrated control of customer transactions from rating, billing, and accounts receivables including electronic bill presentment and payment to general ledger accounting and controlling. The integrated revenue management system and application can provide full control of the financial relationship with customers. The integrated revenue management system and application can control bad debt risk through the enforcing of accountholder credit limits. The integrated revenue management system and application can reduce days sales outstanding (DSO) through efficient management of collections and dispute processes. The integrated revenue management system and application can increase flexibility for customers by supporting additional payment options and payment plans. The integrated revenue management system and application can increase the efficiency of tracking and reporting of general ledger data by leveraging the synchronization between the applications. The integrated revenue management system and application can provide quicker response to customer inquiries through real-time retrieval of invoices.
The revenue management system can have a system architecture. The system architecture can have a network layer. The network layer can deliver the voice, data, messaging, and content services to the end users. The network layer can handle all standard network signaling (e.g. SS7, CAMEL, WIN), call control, session management, and IVR function associated with individual service requests. The network layer can interact with the Authentication, Authorization & Accounting (AAA) Layer during specific trigger points to authorize or reauthorize use of a service.
The AAA layer can provide AAA protocol mediation and detect failures at the revenue capture layer (on which the revenue capture module can execute), for example, for prepaid services. Network elements in the network layer can communicate via various protocols including Diameter, Radius, OSA/Pariay, and proprietary methods over TCP/IP or UDP. The AAA layer can translate these requests into API calls to the revenue capture layer. The AAA layer can be responsible for providing 99.999% service availability by detecting revenue capture module failures in processing requests bound for that module locally according to user-defined business rules.
In the revenue management system, the AAA layer can be managed by a AAA gateway. The AAA gateway can facilitate high-speed protocol translation to the network layer (network elements to AAA Gateway), mapping of asynchronous protocols to synchronous protocols, measuring and guaranteeing the latency service levels for the prepaid backend, failure detection for the revenue capture layer, failure handling by providing a degraded mode and an interim request storage facility, failure recovery by replaying requests into the revenue capture module, and combinations thereof.
The revenue capture layer can support the processing of authentication and authorization requests coming from the AAA layer (i.e., Access Control), prerating against current balances (e.g., as part of service authorization) to make sure the account holder has enough funds, reserving portions of the balances (e.g., as part of service authorization) to ensure simultaneous use of a balance for multiple services does not cause leakage, enriching event record information prior to rating for more complex rating and discounting schemes, rating accounting records once the service or transaction has been completed, applying various types of discounts, charging the service usage or transaction against the current set of balances, and combinations thereof.
The AAA gateway can communicate to the revenue capture layer using TCP/IP and/or the PCP (Portal Communication Protocol) and/or the Application Programmer Interface (API).
A central revenue management layer can be in communication with the revenue capture layer. The central revenue management layer can execute the revenue generation, revenue collection, and revenue analysis modules described supra. The central revenue management layer can be fully supported in a revenue management platform. The central revenue management layer can be the persistent data store for all required data objects from the revenue capture layer (e.g., customer information, pricing information, rated records, balances). The central revenue management layer can communicate with the revenue capture layer when stored data objects must be refreshed.
The AAA gateway can communicate with the network layer by means of the TCP/IP or UDP protocols. The protocol used for this communication can be Diameter or Parlay, HP MBI, or a proprietary protocol.
The AAA Gateway's front end to the network layer is asynchronous. That is, requests are received from the network layer and acknowledged upon receipt. Once the operation requested is completed, the AAA gateway sends a response to the calling network element within the network layer with the results. The AAA gateway, in processing the requests from the network layer, can act as a high speed protocol translator to the revenue capture layer while also making the conversion from asynchronous to synchronous translation.
The incoming requests can. be queued to “pipelines” specialized for each AAA operation. Since the network elements can include timeout or retry mechanisms, some duplicate detection is handled with the AAA Gateway. The AAA Gateway can be stateless (i.e., the states are not persisted and do not survive a crash), the final duplicate/fraud detection can be performed in the revenue capture layer.
The AAA gateway's backend can have a pool of TCP/IP connections to the revenue capture layer. This configurable number of connections can be established at startup and can remain established for the life of the gateway process. The communication between the AAA gateway and the revenue capture layer can be synchronous. That is, each connection to the revenue capture layer can remain blocked until the results of the operation are returned to the AAA gateway.
Once these results are available, the results are translated back to the network layer protocol and forwarded to the calling network element to complete the request. The AAA gateway can connect via TCP/IP to the revenue capture layer, for example, in a method identical to the rest of the clients (e.g. Pricing Center). Clients and RCP can communicate by PCP (Portal Communication Protocol). A client can invoke operations in the revenue capture layer by calling the open API.
The AAA gateway can be the interface to all network elements including service control points (SCPs—call control and signaling primarily for prepaid voice services) for voice service delivery. The SCP can handle all signaling and call control associated with call setup, monitoring, and teardown. The AAA gateway can support communicating to the SCP in both standard and proprietary protocols. This can include the ability to support multiple protocols from a single instance of the AAA gateway.
For example, prior to the start of a call originated from a GSM or CDMA network, a Mobile Switching Center (MSC) in a Service Network can queries the SCP for call origination instructions and call authorization. The SCP can forward the authorization request to the AAA gateway, which in turn can call the APIs to request authorization from the revenue capture layer.
At this paint, there are a number of different checks that the revenue capture layer can make, many of which are configurable by the service provider. For example, the revenue capture layer can validate the caller identification, services available, and balances. The revenue capture layer can perform reverse rating to determine how long the caller can remain connected based on current monetary and non-monetary funds in the caller's account. The reverse rating can account for the subscriber's pricing plan, including all discounts, without impacting the subscriber's balance.
Following reverse rating, the revenue capture layer can create a reservation to set aside a portion of one or more balances to be used for the service being requested. The revenue capture layer ca have a resource reservation framework for reserving resources. Resource reservation reduce risk when can allow a customer to access multiple concurrent network services and charge these services against a single account balance without leakage. Resource reservations can be made on multiple balances (e.g., free SMS Balance, and Euro balance) and multiple types of balances (e.g., monetary and non-monetary). The revenue management system can. create, extend, associate, and release resource reservations. The service provider can also customize resource reservation rules for its revenue management system.
Once the reservation is established, a response can be forwarded back to the service network and the call can be connected. If the call approaches the length of the reservation, the SCP can request additional funds be reserved for the call in order to continue the call. Reauthorizations can occur like the original authorizations.
Once the call is disconnected by the calling or called party, the service network can inform the SCP. The SCP can notify the AAA gateway of the end of the voice call session. The revenue capture layer can receive this notification from the AAA gateway and end the session and the transaction before forwarding on to the centralized revenue management layer.
The revenue management layer can persistently store (e.g., in a cache and/or in the database) all rated event information in addition to the other data mentioned herein (e.g., customer data, pricing data). The revenue management layer can persistently copy the subscriber's set of balances. Therefore, the rated event impact is made onto the subscriber's set of balances prior to returning an acknowledgement back to the revenue capture layer.
Once the revenue capture layer receives this acknowledgement, the balances can be updated in local memory and the reservation can be released.
The integration between a data control point (DCP—a network element that interfaces to GGSNs (GPRS) and PDSNs (CCMA 1X) to handle session management and teardown for data sessions) and the revenue management system can be essentially the same as for voice calls as for SCPs except the integration is to the DCP instead of the SCP. The AAA gateway can support the chosen protocol (e.g., Radius, Diameter, HP MBI, proprietary) and forwards requests to the revenue capture layer via the API interface.
In an example of simultaneous service usage with resource reservation, the DCP can monitor traffic and service requests over a high-speed data transport such as GPRS or CDMA 1X. The DCP then recognizes a request for the mobile e-mail service. The DCP can invoke an authorization request to the AAA gateway. The AAA gateway can then call the APIs to request authorization from the revenue capture layer.
The subscriber can have a non-monetary balance for mobile a-mail downloads. The revenue capture layer can run through a number of verifications and the business logic before reserving 200 Kbytes for email download. The DCP can be informed of the threshold and monitor the e-mail traffic flow. While downloading e-mail, the subscriber can decide to listen to streaming audio, for example. The DCP can request authorization from the revenue capture layer using the same process as noted before. The revenue capture layer can reserve 20 minutes of streaming audio resource before responding back to the DCP.
After downloading a number of e-mail messages, the DCP can surpass a reauthorization threshold and attempt to request additional funds or resources form the revenue capture layer. In this case, however, there are no additional balances available for e-mail downloads and a denial is returned. The subscriber is allowed to continue service until the remaining portion of the original 200 Kbytes is used. In this scenario, the remaining portion of the balance that was allocated to the email downloads is utilized.
There are a number of options at this point for how the service provider may wish to handle the scenario including redirecting the subscriber to a self-care web site, requesting balance top-up, etc. The usage up to this point can also be rated with balance updates by passing a usage event record from the DCP to the revenue capture layer for processing.
The management revenue system can be used to manage accounts for voice or non-voice wireless services, for example GPRS, Wi-Fi, SMS, and MMS.
The management revenue system can be used for managing revenue distribution for partner programs. For example, a prepaid wireless subscriber can visit a content partner web site and request to purchase a piece of content (e.g., screensaver, audio clip, etc.). A content server can use a CDK to request authorization from the revenue control layer, including a check of the pending charge versus existing funds. In this example, the revenue control layer can rate third party content, so the revenue control layer can return the AoC amount as part of the response.
The third party content can be rated with the revenue control layer, or the content provider can provide rated usage records, or both. Afterwards, the AoC is accepted to the subscriber via a service network and the content is downloaded. Upon successful download, the content server forwards a usage event record to the revenue control layer, which rates it. After rating, the event is passed to the revenue management layer, which updates the balances and stores the rated record in persistent storage. The successful response is returned to the revenue control layer which updates the balances in local memory and releases any reservation that may have been made previously.
Revenue sharing and settlement for content partners can be handled in the revenue management layer, where there are various options on splitting revenues and settlement. The same process can apply regardless of payment method.
The revenue management system can be integrated with a provisioning platform, for example for GSM and CDMA-based services. The integration or communication from the revenue management system to the provisioning platform can be through a provisioning framework of the revenue management system.
During an account creation, update, or deletion, the provisioning framework can generate a provisioning payload and pushes the payload over a TCP/IP interface. The provisioning work order payload that is generated and sent is created in an XML format. The provisioning payload can be configurable and enables attributes from the account, service, or device associations to be contained in the XML payload. The provisioning framework comes with a simulator so that the interface can be easily tested.
The revenue management system can be integrated with a mediation platform. The mediation platform can be connected to the network elements. The revenue management system can be integrated to the mediation platforms many times for wireless services, primarily by the mediation device calling the APIs or by delivering batch files to dedicated directories. The mediation device can perform the event collection from the network element and deliver the usage in raw format to the revenue management system, which in turn can perform any number of event enrichment functions available before rating, discounting, and balance management.
The revenue management system can support traditional general ledger accounting through the use of a General Ledger (G/L) interface. G/L account codes can be assigned to balance impacts through a configuration file or through a pricing center. As balance debits and credit occur, the corresponding G/L accounts can be affected. G/L account codes can be assigned to both rated and pre-rated events. Summaries of G/L account impacts can be viewed via standard reports or be exported into external G/L systems. The revenue management system can be integrated to G/L systems (e.g., G/L systems by SAP, Oracle, Peoplesoft, and others).
The revenue management system can be integrated to payment gateways or clearinghouses, for example Paymentech, Bertelsmann (e.g., using Oliva and Financial Information Accounting System (FIAS)), or directly with banks. The revenue management system can directly debit funds from the payment gateways or clearinghouses including the use of credit cards. The connections to the clearinghouse may be online or batch.
The back-end of the revenue management system can be a relational database used for persistent storage. The database can be an Oracle and/or Microsoft SQL server. Standard SQL queries can be executed on the database to extract data, including objects and attributes that may have been incorporated as part of a service provider specific solution.
Any elements described herein as singular can be pluralized (i.e., anything described as “one” can be more than one). Any species element of a genus element can have the characteristics or elements of any other species element of that genus. The above-described configurations, elements or complete assemblies and methods and their elements for carrying out the invention, and variations of aspects of the invention can be combined and modified with each other in any combination.
|Patente citada||Fecha de presentación||Fecha de publicación||Solicitante||Título|
|US4430530||29 Nov 1982||7 Feb 1984||Stromberg-Carlson Corporation||Telephony system with automatic test call generator for remote port groups|
|US4831582||7 Nov 1986||16 May 1989||Allen-Bradley Company, Inc.||Database access machine for factory automation network|
|US4849884||5 Sep 1986||18 Jul 1989||Pitney Bowes Inc.||Mailing and accounting system|
|US4868743||23 Nov 1987||19 Sep 1989||Hitachi, Ltd.||Traversal method of processing tree structure information and apparatus using the same|
|US4918593||8 Ene 1987||17 Abr 1990||Wang Laboratories, Inc.||Relational database system|
|US4968873||27 Feb 1989||6 Nov 1990||Juergen Dethloff||Smart card issuing and receiving apparatus|
|US5006978||7 Sep 1988||9 Abr 1991||Teradata Corporation||Relational database system having a network for transmitting colliding packets and a plurality of processors each storing a disjoint portion of database|
|US5010485||31 Ene 1989||23 Abr 1991||Jbh Ventures||Apparatus, system and method for creating credit vouchers usable at point of purchase stations|
|US5036389||14 Jul 1989||30 Jul 1991||Magus, Ltd.||Satellite controlled audience polling system|
|US5043872||15 Jul 1988||27 Ago 1991||International Business Machines Corporation||Access path optimization using degrees of clustering|
|US5163148||11 Ago 1989||10 Nov 1992||Digital Equipment Corporation||File backup system for producing a backup copy of a file which may be updated during backup|
|US5212787||12 Mar 1991||18 May 1993||International Business Machines Corporation||Method and apparatus for accessing a relational database without exiting an object-oriented environment|
|US5220501||8 Dic 1989||15 Jun 1993||Online Resources, Ltd.||Method and system for remote delivery of retail banking services|
|US5224034||21 Dic 1990||29 Jun 1993||Bell Communications Research, Inc.||Automated system for generating procurement lists|
|US5241670||20 Abr 1992||31 Ago 1993||International Business Machines Corporation||Method and system for automated backup copy ordering in a time zero backup copy session|
|US5291583||14 Dic 1990||1 Mar 1994||Racal-Datacom, Inc.||Automatic storage of persistent ASN.1 objects in a relational schema|
|US5295256||14 Dic 1990||15 Mar 1994||Racal-Datacom, Inc.||Automatic storage of persistent objects in a relational schema|
|US5305389||30 Ago 1991||19 Abr 1994||Digital Equipment Corporation||Predictive cache system|
|US5313664||20 Nov 1992||17 May 1994||Ncr Corporation||Point of sale system having backup file device|
|US5386413||19 Mar 1993||31 Ene 1995||Bell Communications Research, Inc.||Fast multilevel hierarchical routing table lookup using content addressable memory|
|US5426780||28 Feb 1992||20 Jun 1995||Intergraph Corporation||System for dynamic segmentation analysis using conversion of relational data into object-oriented data|
|US5448623||20 Mar 1995||5 Sep 1995||Space Systems/Loral, Inc.||Satellite telecommunications system using network coordinating gateways operative with a terrestrial communication system|
|US5448727||30 Abr 1991||5 Sep 1995||Hewlett-Packard Company||Domain based partitioning and reclustering of relations in object-oriented relational database management systems|
|US5450477||27 Dic 1993||12 Sep 1995||At&T Corp.||Monitoring of charges debited to an account having an assigned limit|
|US5452451||1 Dic 1994||19 Sep 1995||Hitachi, Ltd.||System for plural-string search with a parallel collation of a first partition of each string followed by finite automata matching of second partitions|
|US5469497||4 Ago 1994||21 Nov 1995||Teledebit||Networked interactive call management subsystems with prevention of simultaneous use of a single account number|
|US5475585||2 Feb 1994||12 Dic 1995||Bush; Thomas A.||Transactional processing system|
|US5475838||30 Nov 1993||12 Dic 1995||Digital Equipment Corporation||Extensible entity management system including rule-based alarms|
|US5483445||21 Oct 1993||9 Ene 1996||American Express Trs||Automated billing consolidation system and method|
|US5495609||7 Jun 1995||27 Feb 1996||International Business Machines Corporation||System and method for managing concurrent access to data files consisting of data entries referenced by keys comprising sequence of digits|
|US5499367||27 Oct 1994||12 Mar 1996||Oracle Corporation||System for database integrity with multiple logs assigned to client subsets|
|US5499371||22 Mar 1995||12 Mar 1996||Persistence Software, Inc.||Method and apparatus for automatic generation of object oriented code for mapping relational data to objects|
|US5504885||29 Jun 1993||2 Abr 1996||Texas Instruments Incorporated||O-R gateway: a system for connecting object-oriented application programs and relational databases|
|US5506966||5 Nov 1992||9 Abr 1996||Nec Corporation||System for message traffic control utilizing prioritized message chaining for queueing control ensuring transmission/reception of high priority messages|
|US5517555||21 Sep 1994||14 May 1996||Cellular Technical Services Company, Inc.||Real time information system for cellular telephones|
|US5523942||31 Mar 1994||4 Jun 1996||New England Mutual Life Insurance Company||Design grid for inputting insurance and investment product information in a computer system|
|US5530853||6 Mar 1995||25 Jun 1996||International Business Machines Corportaion||Method for filtering items in a computer application program container object using filter data for related entries in a container object of another application program|
|US5544302||3 Jun 1993||6 Ago 1996||Taligent, Inc.||Object-oriented framework for creating and using container objects with built-in properties|
|US5548749||29 Oct 1993||20 Ago 1996||Wall Data Incorporated||Semantic orbject modeling system for creating relational database schemas|
|US5555444||11 Mar 1994||10 Sep 1996||Motorola, Inc.||Method and apparatus for predictive operation of a communication system|
|US5560005||25 Feb 1994||24 Sep 1996||Actamed Corp.||Methods and systems for object-based relational distributed databases|
|US5579375||2 May 1995||26 Nov 1996||Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson||Call transfer within cellular communications system|
|US5590395||10 Nov 1993||31 Dic 1996||Motorola, Inc.||Satellite cellular network resource management method and apparatus|
|US5613012||17 May 1995||18 Mar 1997||Smarttouch, Llc.||Tokenless identification system for authorization of electronic transactions and electronic transmissions|
|US5615109||24 May 1995||25 Mar 1997||Eder; Jeff||Method of and system for generating feasible, profit maximizing requisition sets|
|US5615249||30 Nov 1994||25 Mar 1997||Lucent Technologies Inc.||Service prioritization in a cellular telephone system|
|US5615362||22 Mar 1995||25 Mar 1997||Persistence Software, Inc.||Method and apparatus for managing relational data in an object cache|
|US5627979||18 Jul 1994||6 May 1997||International Business Machines Corporation||System and method for providing a graphical user interface for mapping and accessing objects in data stores|
|US5644736||25 May 1995||1 Jul 1997||International Business Machines Corporation||System and method for selecting components of a hierarchical file structure|
|US5649118||27 May 1994||15 Jul 1997||Lucent Technologies Inc.||Smart card with multiple charge accounts and product item tables designating the account to debit|
|US5666648||18 Abr 1995||9 Sep 1997||Leo One Ip, L.L.C.||Polar relay system for satellite communication|
|US5677945||6 Jun 1995||14 Oct 1997||Mci Corporation||Account balancing and monitoring system for a telecommunications network|
|US5684965||7 Abr 1995||4 Nov 1997||American Express Travel Related Services, Inc.||Automated billing consolidation system and method|
|US5694598||12 Oct 1994||2 Dic 1997||U S West Technologies, Inc.||Method for mapping data between a relational format and an object-oriented format|
|US5706516||23 Ene 1995||6 Ene 1998||International Business Machines Corporation||System for communicating messages among agent processes|
|US5717924||7 Jul 1995||10 Feb 1998||Wall Data Incorporated||Method and apparatus for modifying existing relational database schemas to reflect changes made in a corresponding object model|
|US5732400||4 Ene 1995||24 Mar 1998||Citibank N.A.||System and method for a risk-based purchase of goods|
|US5737414||20 May 1997||7 Abr 1998||Walker Asset Management Limited Partnership||900 number billing and collection system and method for on-line computer services|
|US5745754||7 Jun 1995||28 Abr 1998||International Business Machines Corporation||Sub-agent for fulfilling requests of a web browser using an intelligent agent and providing a report|
|US5765159||21 May 1997||9 Jun 1998||International Business Machines Corporation||System and method for generating an optimized set of relational queries for fetching data from a relational database management system in response to object queries received from an object oriented environment|
|US5778189||21 Ene 1997||7 Jul 1998||Fujitsu Limited||System and method for converting communication protocols|
|US5797137||26 Mar 1996||18 Ago 1998||Golshani; Forouzan||Method for converting a database schema in relational form to a schema in object-oriented form|
|US5799072||4 Mar 1996||25 Ago 1998||Callmanage||Telecommunications call management system|
|US5799087||21 Abr 1995||25 Ago 1998||Citibank, N.A.||Electronic-monetary system|
|US5806061||20 May 1997||8 Sep 1998||Hewlett-Packard Company||Method for cost-based optimization over multimeida repositories|
|US5809503||26 Ago 1996||15 Sep 1998||Fujitsu Limited||Locking mechanism for check in/check out model which maintains data consistency amongst transactions|
|US5822747||23 Ago 1996||13 Oct 1998||Tandem Computers, Inc.||System and method for optimizing database queries|
|US5832068||14 Ago 1996||3 Nov 1998||Davox Corporation||Data processing system with real time priority updating of data records and dynamic record exclusion|
|US5842220||2 May 1997||24 Nov 1998||Oracle Corporation||Methods and apparatus for exposing members of an object class through class signature interfaces|
|US5845206||24 Mar 1995||1 Dic 1998||Virtual Geosatellite Holdings, Inc.||Elliptical satellite system which emulates the characteristics of geosynchronous satellites|
|US5845274||6 Jun 1995||1 Dic 1998||International Business Machines Corporation||Computer program product for avoiding complete index tree traversals in sequential and almost sequential index probes|
|US5850544||6 Jun 1995||15 Dic 1998||International Business Machines Corporation||System and method for efficient relational query generation and tuple-to-object translation in an object-relational gateway supporting class inheritance|
|US5852820||9 Ago 1996||22 Dic 1998||Digital Equipment Corporation||Method for optimizing entries for searching an index|
|US5854835||9 Feb 1996||29 Dic 1998||Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc.||Telecommunications network circuit usage measurement|
|US5864845||28 Jun 1996||26 Ene 1999||Siemens Corporate Research, Inc.||Facilitating world wide web searches utilizing a multiple search engine query clustering fusion strategy|
|US5870473||14 Dic 1995||9 Feb 1999||Cybercash, Inc.||Electronic transfer system and method|
|US5870724||6 Jun 1995||9 Feb 1999||Online Resources & Communications Corporation||Targeting advertising in a home retail banking delivery service|
|US5873093||28 May 1997||16 Feb 1999||Next Software, Inc.||Method and apparatus for mapping objects to a data source|
|US5875435||18 May 1998||23 Feb 1999||Brown; Gordon T.||Automated accounting system|
|US5883584||21 May 1993||16 Mar 1999||Dornier Gmbh||Earth observation method|
|US5884290||22 Oct 1996||16 Mar 1999||Unisys Corporation||Method of transferring funds employing a three-node real-time electronic interlock|
|US5893108||28 Ago 1997||6 Abr 1999||International Business Machines Corporation||System, method, and computer program product for efficiently translating relational tuples to object-oriented objects|
|US5898762||6 Jun 1995||27 Abr 1999||Ronald A. Katz Technology Licensing, L.P.||Telephonic-interface statistical analysis system|
|US5909440||16 Dic 1996||1 Jun 1999||Juniper Networks||High speed variable length best match look-up in a switching device|
|US5913164||8 Feb 1996||15 Jun 1999||Amsc Subsidiary Corporation||Conversion system used in billing system for mobile satellite system|
|US5915253||13 Dic 1996||22 Jun 1999||Novell, Inc.||Method and system for implementing objects in a storage system|
|US5920629||19 Dic 1997||6 Jul 1999||Citibank, N.A.||Electronic-monetary system|
|US5924094||1 Nov 1996||13 Jul 1999||Current Network Technologies Corporation||Independent distributed database system|
|US5937406||31 Ene 1997||10 Ago 1999||Informix Software, Inc.||File system interface to a database|
|US5960416||9 Dic 1997||28 Sep 1999||Block; Robert S.||Real time subscriber billing at a subscriber location in an unstructured communication network|
|US5963648||19 Dic 1997||5 Oct 1999||Citibank, N.A.||Electronic-monetary system|
|US5966649||6 Sep 1996||12 Oct 1999||Phoenix Wireless, Inc.||Cellular-telephone central call-processing system utilizing object-oriented software in adjunct personal computer for generating billing records|
|US5970417||23 Oct 1997||19 Oct 1999||Nokia Telecommunications Oy||Method for maintaining a group call|
|US5974407||29 Sep 1997||26 Oct 1999||Sacks; Jerome E.||Method and apparatus for implementing a hierarchical database management system (HDBMS) using a relational database management system (RDBMS) as the implementing apparatus|
|US5974441||6 Dic 1996||26 Oct 1999||International Business Machines Corporation||WWW client server interactive system method with Java (™)|
|US5974506||28 Jun 1996||26 Oct 1999||Digital Equipment Corporation||Enabling mirror, nonmirror and partial mirror cache modes in a dual cache system|
|US5983223||6 May 1997||9 Nov 1999||Novell, Inc.||Method and apparatus for determining a longest matching prefix from a dictionary of prefixes|
|US5987233||16 Mar 1998||16 Nov 1999||Skycache Inc.||Comprehensive global information network broadcasting system and implementation thereof|
|US6005926||11 Sep 1997||21 Dic 1999||Anip, Inc.||Method and system for global communications network management|
|US6011795||20 Mar 1997||4 Ene 2000||Washington University||Method and apparatus for fast hierarchical address lookup using controlled expansion of prefixes|
|US6012057||30 Jul 1997||4 Ene 2000||Quarterdeck Corporation||High speed data searching for information in a computer system|
|US6016341||19 Ago 1998||18 Ene 2000||Cybiotronics, Ltd.||Telephone with data acquisition means|
|US6021409||8 Sep 1998||1 Feb 2000||Digital Equipment Corporation||Method for parsing, indexing and searching world-wide-web pages|
|US6035326||8 Sep 1997||7 Mar 2000||International Business Machines Corporation||Mapping table lookup optimization system|
|US6041323||17 Abr 1997||21 Mar 2000||International Business Machines Corporation||Information search method, information search device, and storage medium for storing an information search program|
|US6047067||19 Dic 1997||4 Abr 2000||Citibank, N.A.||Electronic-monetary system|
|US6047267||14 May 1997||4 Abr 2000||Portal Software, Inc.||Method and apparatus for tracking multiple payment resources and charging transactions to payment resources in on line transaction processing system|
|US6047284||14 May 1997||4 Abr 2000||Portal Software, Inc.||Method and apparatus for object oriented storage and retrieval of data from a relational database|
|US6058173||19 Feb 1998||2 May 2000||Lhs Group Inc.||Real-time call rating and debiting system|
|US6058375||20 Oct 1997||2 May 2000||Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.||Accounting processor and method for automated management control system|
|US6061679||25 Nov 1997||9 May 2000||International Business Machines Corporation||Creating and searching a data structure ordered by ranges of key masks associated with the data structure|
|US6061763||19 Sep 1997||9 May 2000||Sybase, Inc.||Memory management system employing multiple buffer caches|
|US6067574||18 May 1998||23 May 2000||Lucent Technologies Inc||High speed routing using compressed tree process|
|US6070051||3 Nov 1997||30 May 2000||Motorola, Inc.||Method and apparatus for predicting service availability for a ground-to-satellite radio of a communication system|
|US6075796||17 Mar 1997||13 Jun 2000||At&T||Methods and apparatus for providing improved quality of packet transmission in applications such as internet telephony|
|US6078897||2 Feb 1998||20 Jun 2000||Intraware, Inc.||Method and apparatus for optimizing orders for goods or services to increase a discount|
|US6092055||14 May 1997||18 Jul 2000||Portal Software, Inc.||Method and apparatus for providing a clean accounting close for a real time billing system|
|US6112190||19 Ago 1997||29 Ago 2000||Citibank, N.A.||Method and system for commercial credit analysis|
|US6112304||27 Ago 1997||29 Ago 2000||Zipsoft, Inc.||Distributed computing architecture|
|US6141759||10 Dic 1997||31 Oct 2000||Bmc Software, Inc.||System and architecture for distributing, monitoring, and managing information requests on a computer network|
|US6154765||18 Mar 1999||28 Nov 2000||Pasocs Llc||Distributed digital rule processor for single system image on a clustered network and method|
|US6170014||18 Mar 1999||2 Ene 2001||Community Learning And Information Network||Computer architecture for managing courseware in a shared use operating environment|
|US6185225||12 Nov 1997||6 Feb 2001||Marconi Communications Limited||Telecommunications equipment operable at two data rates|
|US6185557||31 Jul 1998||6 Feb 2001||Unisys Corporation||Merge join process|
|US6223172||29 Jun 1998||24 Abr 2001||Nortel Networks Limited||Address routing using address-sensitive mask decimation scheme|
|US6236972||21 Dic 1998||22 May 2001||Gary Shkedy||Method and apparatus for facilitating transactions on a commercial network system|
|US6236988||3 Sep 1998||22 May 2001||International Business Machines Corp.||Data retrieval system|
|US6243760||24 Jun 1997||5 Jun 2001||Vistar Telecommunications Inc.||Information dissemination system with central and distributed caches|
|US6266660||31 Jul 1998||24 Jul 2001||Unisys Corporation||Secondary index search|
|US6311185||30 Oct 1997||30 Oct 2001||At&T Corp.||Method and apparatus for modifying an information page transmitted in a communications network|
|US6311186||24 Jul 1998||30 Oct 2001||Priority Call Management, Inc.||Telecommunications switching system utilizing a channelized database access mechanism|
|US6314365||18 Ene 2000||6 Nov 2001||Navigation Technologies Corp.||Method and system of providing navigation services to cellular phone devices from a server|
|US6321205||17 Ago 1998||20 Nov 2001||Value Miner, Inc.||Method of and system for modeling and analyzing business improvement programs|
|US6341272||12 Abr 1999||22 Ene 2002||Huntington Bancshares Incorporated||Business service platform, network, and system|
|US6347340||18 Feb 2000||12 Feb 2002||Mobilesys, Inc.||Apparatus and method for converting a network message to a wireless transport message using a modular architecture|
|US6351778||5 Nov 1998||26 Feb 2002||Object Technology Licensing Corporation||Object-oriented operating system|
|US6356897||7 Jul 2000||12 Mar 2002||Mark David Gusack||Associative database model for electronic-based informational assemblies|
|US6377938||27 Feb 1997||23 Abr 2002||Real-Time Billing, Inc.||Real time subscriber billing system and method|
|US6377957||29 Dic 1998||23 Abr 2002||Sun Microsystems, Inc.||Propogating updates efficiently in hierarchically structured date|
|US6381228||15 Ene 1999||30 Abr 2002||Trw Inc.||Onboard control of demand assigned multiple access protocol for satellite ATM networks|
|US6381605||29 May 1999||30 Abr 2002||Oracle Corporation||Heirarchical indexing of multi-attribute data by sorting, dividing and storing subsets|
|US6381607||19 Jun 1999||30 Abr 2002||Kent Ridge Digital Labs||System of organizing catalog data for searching and retrieval|
|US6400729||11 Sep 1998||4 Jun 2002||Fujitsu Limited||Protocol conversion system for data communication between different types of open networks|
|US6400925||25 Feb 1999||4 Jun 2002||Trw Inc.||Packet switch control with layered software|
|US6401098||15 Jul 1999||4 Jun 2002||American Management Systems, Inc.||System for database creation, maintenance and access using event marking and two-dimensional partitioning|
|US6415323||9 Dic 1999||2 Jul 2002||Fastforward Networks||Proximity-based redirection system for robust and scalable service-node location in an internetwork|
|US6427172||20 Jul 1999||30 Jul 2002||Cyberstar, L.P.||Method and apparatus for internet cache content delivery via a data distribution system|
|US6429812||30 May 2000||6 Ago 2002||Steven M. Hoffberg||Mobile communication device|
|US6442652||7 Sep 1999||27 Ago 2002||Motorola, Inc.||Load based cache control for satellite based CPUs|
|US6446068||15 Nov 1999||3 Sep 2002||Chris Alan Kortge||System and method of finding near neighbors in large metric space databases|
|US6477651||8 Ene 1999||5 Nov 2002||Cisco Technology, Inc.||Intrusion detection system and method having dynamically loaded signatures|
|US6481752||10 Sep 1998||19 Nov 2002||Moore Business Forms, Inc.||Multiple company integrated document production|
|US6490592||30 Dic 1999||3 Dic 2002||Nortel Networks Limited||Method of and apparatus for generating a tree data structure supporting longest match lookup|
|US6494367||4 Oct 2000||17 Dic 2002||Ajit Kumar Zacharias||Secure multi-application card system|
|US6529915||6 Dic 1999||4 Mar 2003||Portal Software, Inc.||Computer-implemented program product and method of deferring allocation of storage for array elements of objects|
|US6532283||11 Sep 2000||11 Mar 2003||Isaac J. Ingram||Method and apparatus for viewing real time telephone charges|
|US6553336||26 Jun 2000||22 Abr 2003||Telemonitor, Inc.||Smart remote monitoring system and method|
|US6563800||10 Nov 1999||13 May 2003||Qualcomm, Inc.||Data center for providing subscriber access to data maintained on an enterprise network|
|US6564047||28 Ago 2000||13 May 2003||Motorola Inc.||Advanced air time management|
|US6564247||18 Nov 1999||13 May 2003||International Business Machines Corporation||System and method for registering user identifiers|
|US6567408||21 May 1999||20 May 2003||Redback Networks Inc.||Methods and apparatus for packet classification with multi-level data structure|
|US6658415||28 Abr 2000||2 Dic 2003||International Business Machines Corporation||Monitoring and managing user access to content via a universally accessible database|
|US6658463||4 Feb 2000||2 Dic 2003||Hughes Electronics Corporation||Satellite multicast performance enhancing multicast HTTP proxy system and method|
|US6662180||12 May 1999||9 Dic 2003||Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.||Method for searching in large databases of automatically recognized text|
|US6662184||22 Sep 2000||9 Dic 2003||International Business Machines Corporation||Lock-free wild card search data structure and method|
|US6678675||30 Mar 2000||13 Ene 2004||Portal Software, Inc.||Techniques for searching for best matches in tables of information|
|US6700869||1 Oct 1999||2 Mar 2004||Lucent Technologies Inc.||Method for controlling data flow associated with a communications node|
|US6725052||20 Dic 1999||20 Abr 2004||Ericsson Inc.||Cell assignment method during group calls|
|US6735631||10 Feb 1998||11 May 2004||Sprint Communications Company, L.P.||Method and system for networking redirecting|
|US6901507||19 Nov 2001||31 May 2005||Intel Corporation||Context scheduling|
|US6907429||30 Ene 2003||14 Jun 2005||Tachyon, Inc.||Satellite-based internet access system with remote prefetching of inline objects of web pages|
|US6947440||13 Feb 2001||20 Sep 2005||Gilat Satellite Networks, Ltd.||System and method for internet page acceleration including multicast transmissions|
|US6950867||31 Jul 2000||27 Sep 2005||Intertrust Technologies Corp.||System and method for managing transaction record delivery using an acknowledgement-monitoring process and a failure-recovery process with modifying the predefined fault condition|
|US6973057||18 Ene 2000||6 Dic 2005||Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (Publ)||Public mobile data communications network|
|US6999569||23 Abr 2002||14 Feb 2006||Mastercard International Incorporated||System and method for using a prepaid card|
|US7003280||20 Nov 2003||21 Feb 2006||Lucent Technologies Inc.||Method and system for processing adjustments to the type and quality of multimedia communication sessions|
|US7089262||26 Feb 2003||8 Ago 2006||Portal Software, Inc.||Method and apparatus for object oriented storage and retrieval of data from a relational database|
|US7181537||3 Ene 2003||20 Feb 2007||Nokia Corporation||Method and apparatus for routing wireless village messages in an internet protocol multimedia subsystem|
|US7233918||18 Jul 2000||19 Jun 2007||Oracle International Corporation||Rating billing events in real time according to account usage information|
|US7246102||21 Dic 2001||17 Jul 2007||Agere Systems Inc.||Method of improving the lookup performance of three-type knowledge base searches|
|US7257611||2 May 2000||14 Ago 2007||Oracle International Corporation||Distributed nonstop architecture for an event processing system|
|US7391784||30 Dic 2002||24 Jun 2008||3Com Corporation||Method and system for communicating state information between devices of a communications network|
|US7395262||12 Nov 2003||1 Jul 2008||Oracle International Corporation||Techniques for searching for best matches in tables of information|
|US7406471||27 Sep 2001||29 Jul 2008||Oracle International Corporation||Scalable multi-database event processing system using universal subscriber-specific data and universal global data|
|US7729925||31 Ene 2005||1 Jun 2010||Sony Corporation||System and method for facilitating real time transactions between a user and multiple entities|
|US7792714||7 Sep 2010||Fannie Mae||System and method for providing a common data and analytic framework for valuating financial instruments and portfolios|
|US20010005372||30 Ene 2001||28 Jun 2001||Intervoice Limited Partnership||Cooperative media applications using packet network media redirection|
|US20010025273||26 Mar 2001||27 Sep 2001||Jay Walker||Parallel data network billing and collection system|
|US20010034704||21 Feb 2001||25 Oct 2001||Jay Farhat||Method and system to facilitate financial settlement of service access transactions between multiple parties|
|US20010056362||15 Jul 1999||27 Dic 2001||Mike Hanagan||Modular, convergent customer care and billing system|
|US20020059163||15 Jul 1999||16 May 2002||Kim C. Smith||Method of searching across media and source types|
|US20020073082||20 Nov 2001||13 Jun 2002||Edouard Duvillier||System modification processing technique implemented on an information storage and retrieval system|
|US20020082881||22 Dic 2000||27 Jun 2002||Price Marc Steven||System providing event pricing for on-line exchanges|
|US20020087469||28 Dic 2000||4 Jul 2002||Ravi Ganesan||Technique of registration for and direction of electronic payments in real-time|
|US20020106064||14 May 2001||8 Ago 2002||Bekkevold Jesper Edelbo||Controlling setup or continuation of a call charged from a pre-paid group account|
|US20030014361||12 Abr 2002||16 Ene 2003||Uwe Klatt||Method for billing for services in a communication network|
|US20030014656||29 Jun 2001||16 Ene 2003||International Business Machines Corporation||User registry adapter framework|
|US20030061537||15 Jul 2002||27 Mar 2003||Cha Sang K.||Parallelized redo-only logging and recovery for highly available main memory database systems|
|US20030076940||5 Sep 2002||24 Abr 2003||Manto Charles L.||System and method for providing sponsored or universal telecommunications service and third party payer services|
|US20030078056||19 Jul 2001||24 Abr 2003||Sunao Takatori||Communication system and line selecting method|
|US20030097547||19 Nov 2001||22 May 2003||Wishneusky John A.||Context scheduling|
|US20030105799||3 Dic 2001||5 Jun 2003||Avaz Networks, Inc.||Distributed processing architecture with scalable processing layers|
|US20030118039||12 Dic 2002||26 Jun 2003||Hidetaka Nishi||Gateway|
|US20030133552||6 Ago 2002||17 Jul 2003||Shyam Pillai||Method and apparatus for integrating disparate telecommunication operational support systems (OSS) and streamlining business processes using a software platform|
|US20030172145||27 Feb 2003||11 Sep 2003||Nguyen John V.||System and method for designing, developing and implementing internet service provider architectures|
|US20030202521||10 Sep 1999||30 Oct 2003||Theodore Havinis||System and method for negotiation of multi-media capabilities across networks|
|US20030202638||18 Jun 2002||30 Oct 2003||Eringis John E.||Testing an operational support system (OSS) of an incumbent provider for compliance with a regulatory scheme|
|US20040002918||26 Jun 2002||1 Ene 2004||International Business Machines Corporation||Business event triggered, policy-driven payment management|
|US20040018829||17 Dic 2002||29 Ene 2004||3Com Corporation||Roaming and hand-off support for prepaid billing for wireless data networks|
|US20040062106||27 Sep 2002||1 Abr 2004||Bhashyam Ramesh||System and method for retrieving information from a database|
|US20040073500||1 Dic 2000||15 Abr 2004||Eugene Owen||Methods and systems for automatic tracking and balancing billing data|
|US20040132427||10 Oct 2003||8 Jul 2004||Wan-Yeon Lee||Handling charging information in interworking structure of mobile communication and wireless local area networks|
|US20040153407||9 Oct 2003||5 Ago 2004||Convergys Information Management Group, Inc.||System and method for revenue and authorization management|
|US20050018689||26 May 2004||27 Ene 2005||Siemens Aktiengesellschaft||Method for the packet-oriented transmission of data, network intermediate nodes and telecommunications network|
|US20050026558||7 May 2004||3 Feb 2005||Marco Stura||Access flow based charging for IMS/POC services|
|US20050033847||12 Feb 2004||10 Feb 2005||Teamon Systems, Inc.||Communications system providing reduced access latency and related methods|
|US20050036487||13 Ago 2003||17 Feb 2005||Devabhaktuni Srikrishna||Method and apparatus for monitoring and displaying routing metrics of a network|
|US20050065880 *||29 Dic 2003||24 Mar 2005||Amato Cynthia Paige||Methods, systems, and computer-readable-mediums for managing rollover usage units of communication services|
|US20050075957||20 Sep 2002||7 Abr 2005||Simon Pincus||Balance management for pre-paid services|
|US20050091156||2 Ago 2004||28 Abr 2005||Accenture Global Services Gmbh||Customer relationship management|
|US20050107066||12 Ago 2004||19 May 2005||Thomas Erskine||Subscriber management and accounting using event detection in a wireless device|
|US20050113062||20 Nov 2003||26 May 2005||Pelaez Mariana B.||Method and system for processing adjustments to the type and quality of multimedia communication sessions|
|US20050120350||10 Dic 2004||2 Jun 2005||Nokia Corporation||Load balancer for multiprocessor platforms|
|US20050125305||8 Dic 2003||9 Jun 2005||Benco David S.||Network support for mobile service plan minute exchange by category|
|US20050144099 *||24 Dic 2003||30 Jun 2005||Indrojit Deb||Threshold billing|
|US20050187841||22 Oct 2004||25 Ago 2005||First Data Corporation||System for maintaining account and product data|
|US20050238154||27 Abr 2004||27 Oct 2005||Heaton Kermit D||Telecommunication revenue management system|
|US20060010057||10 May 2005||12 Ene 2006||Bradway Robert A||Systems and methods for conducting an interactive financial simulation|
|US20060015363 *||14 Jun 2005||19 Ene 2006||United Parcel Service Of America, Inc.||Systems and methods for processing invoices based on a minimum invoice amount|
|US20060035637||8 Oct 2004||16 Feb 2006||Ilkka Westman||Routing of media communication service|
|US20060045250||26 Ago 2004||2 Mar 2006||Yigang Cai||Pre-biller capability in enhanced charging collection function (ccf) applications|
|US20060056607||16 Dic 2002||16 Mar 2006||Matti Halkosaari||Cost negotiation for communication sessions|
|US20060148446||29 Ene 2003||6 Jul 2006||Stefan Karlsson||Method and distributed rating system for determining rating data in a charging system|
|US20060168303||23 Mar 2006||27 Jul 2006||Telefonaktiebolaget Lm Ericsson (Publ)||Method and apparatus for coordinating charging for services provided in a multimedia session|
|US20060190478||27 Abr 2006||24 Ago 2006||Portal Software, Inc.||Method and apparatus for object oriented storage and retrieval of data from a relational database|
|US20060248010||1 May 2006||2 Nov 2006||Portal Software, Inc.||Revenue management systems and methods|
|US20060251226||10 Jul 2006||9 Nov 2006||Hogan Steven J||Call-processing system and method|
|US20070091874||28 Jun 2006||26 Abr 2007||Alexander Rockel||Revenue management system and method|
|US20070100981||10 Abr 2006||3 May 2007||Maria Adamczyk||Application services infrastructure for next generation networks including one or more IP multimedia subsystem elements and methods of providing the same|
|US20070110083||15 Nov 2006||17 May 2007||Oracle International Corporation||Gateway for achieving low latency and high availability in a real time event processing system|
|US20070133575||14 Dic 2005||14 Jun 2007||Lucent Technologies Inc.||Interactive voice response system for online and offline charging and for multiple networks|
|US20070198283||28 Jul 2006||23 Ago 2007||Oracle International Corporation||Revenue management system and method|
|US20070288368||8 Jun 2007||13 Dic 2007||Oracle International Corporation||Revenue management systems and methods with payment suspense management|
|US20080033873||8 Jun 2007||7 Feb 2008||Oracle International Corporation||Revenue management systems and methods with enhanced rollover|
|US20080033874||8 Jun 2007||7 Feb 2008||Oracle International Corporation||Revenue management systems and methods with sponsored top-up options|
|US20080040267||8 Jun 2007||14 Feb 2008||Oracle International Corporation||Revenue management systems and methods with re-rating and rebilling|
|US20080126230||8 Jun 2004||29 May 2008||Mauro Bellora||Flexible Charging Mechanisms for Ip Multimedia Services|
|US20080215474||22 Jun 2007||4 Sep 2008||Innovation International Americas, Inc.||Systems and methods for management of intangible assets|
|US20080311883||3 Jun 2004||18 Dic 2008||Telefonaktiebolaget Lm Ericsson (Publ)||Charging Mechanisms for Ip Multimedia Services|
|GB63402A1||Título no disponible|
|WO1995004960A2||29 Jul 1994||16 Feb 1995||Persistence Software, Inc.||Method and apparatus for managing relational data in an object cache|
|WO1995027255A1||30 Mar 1995||12 Oct 1995||British Telecommunications Public Limited Company||A data processing system for use in communications pricing and charging equipment and a production process therefor|
|WO1996034350A1||23 Abr 1996||31 Oct 1996||Aspect Development, Inc.||Modeling of object-oriented database structures, translation to relational database structures, and dynamic searches thereon|
|WO1997003406A1||3 Jun 1996||30 Ene 1997||Wall Data Incorporated||Method and apparatus for modifying existing relational database schemas to reflect changes made in a corresponding object model|
|WO1998052131A1||13 May 1998||19 Nov 1998||Portal Information Network||Method and apparatus for object oriented storage and retrieval of data from a relational database to implement a real time billing system|
|WO2007002841A2||28 Jun 2006||4 Ene 2007||Oracle International Corporation||Revenue management system and method|
|WO2007016412A2||28 Jul 2006||8 Feb 2007||Oracle International Corporation||Revenue management system and method|
|1||Agarwal et al., "Architecting Object Applications for High Performance With Relational Databases", Aug. 10, 1995, pp. 1-8.|
|2||Black, "Real-Time Fraud Management", Billing World, Jul./Aug. 1999; pp. 3.|
|3||Blaha, Michael R. et al., "Relational Database Design Using an Object Oriented Methodology", Communication of the ACM, Apr. 1988, vol. 31, No. 4, pp. 414-427.|
|4||Borland's Paradox for Windows User Guide, Version 5.0, Borland International, Inc., 1994, 185 pages.|
|5||Chenho, Kung, "Object Subclass Hierarchy in SQL: A Simple Approach", Jul. 1990, Communications of the ACM, vol. 33, No. 7, pp. 117-125.|
|6||Chester, Thomas et al., Mastering Excel 97, 4th Ed., Sybex Inc., Alameda, CA, 1997, 200 pages.|
|7||Davis, Charles, "Online Financing to Boost Procurement", Electronic Payments International, p. 14, Feb. 2000, 3 pages total.|
|8||Derfler, Frank J. et al., "How Networks Work", Millenium Ed., Que Corporation, Jan. 2000, 249 pages (2 pdf attachments).|
|9||Gavron, Jacquelyn et al., "How to Use Microsoft Windows NT 4 Workstation", MacMillan Computer Publishing, USA, 1996, 25 pages.|
|10||Gomez-Perez et al., "Towards a Method to Conceptualize Domain Ontologies", Workshop on Ontological Engineering, ECAI'96, Budapest, Aug. 12, 1996, pp. 41-51.|
|11||Gralla, Preston, "How the Internet Works", Millenium Ed., Que Corporation, Aug. 1999, 357 pages (2 pdf attachments).|
|12||Horngren, Charles T. et al., "Introduction to Financial Accounting", Revised 3rd Ed., Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1988, 561 pages.|
|13||Iannella et al., "Metadata: Enabling the Internet", Jan. 1997, Research Data Network CRC, pp. 1-7.|
|14||Muller, Nathan J., "Desktop Encyclopedia of the Internet", Artech House, Inc., 1998, 602 pgs (2 pdf attachments).|
|15||Oracle Applications, Concepts, Release 11 for UNX, Apr. 1998, 90 pgs.|
|16||Oracle Server Distribution Systems, vol. II: Replicated Data, Release 7.3, Feb. 1996, 469 pgs.|
|17||Peachtree, "Using General Ledger User Guide", Peachtree Software, Inc., 1989, 319 pages.|
|18||PR Newswire, "Regions to Offer Secure Internet Banking from Security First Technologies", Apr. 3, 1997, p. 0403ATTH003, 3 pgs.|
|19||Reinwald et al., "Storing and Using Objects in a Relational Database", IBM Systems Journal, vol. 35, No. 2, May 1996, pp. 172-191.|
|20||Riley, David D., "Data Abstraction and Structures: An Introduction to Computer Science II", Boyd and Fraser Publishing Company, 1987, 30 pages.|
|21||Search Report and Written Opinion for Application PCT/US06/29571, mailed on Apr. 16, 2007; 10 pages.|
|22||Search Report for Application PCT/US06/25405, mailed on Apr. 3, 2008, 2 pages.|
|23||Shah, Ashwin V. et al., "DSM: An Object-Relationship Modeling Language", OOPSLA '89, Oct. 1-6, 1989, pp. 181-202.|
|24||Skold, Martin, "QDB-A Query Processor for the High Performance, Parallel Data Server NDB Cluster", Linkopings University, Sweden, Apr. 1999, 28 pgs.|
|25||Skold, Martin, "QDB—A Query Processor for the High Performance, Parallel Data Server NDB Cluster", Linkopings University, Sweden, Apr. 1999, 28 pgs.|
|26||St. Pierre et al., "Issues in Crosswalking Content Metadata Standards", Oct. 15, 1998, National Information Standards Organization, pp. 1-8.|
|27||Syverson, Nancy, "Inside Graybar: A Profile of the Nation's Top Electrical Distributor", Industrial Maintenance and Plant Operation, vol. 61, No. 11, p. 14, Nov. 2000, 4 pages total.|
|28||U.S. Appl. No. 09/562,785, filed May 2, 2000, Advisory Action mailed Mar. 26, 2007, 3 pages.|
|29||U.S. Appl. No. 09/562,785, filed May 2, 2000, Final Office Action mailed Jan. 11, 2007, 17 pages.|
|30||U.S. Appl. No. 09/562,785, filed May 2, 2000, Final Office Action mailed Sep. 27, 2004, 18 pages.|
|31||U.S. Appl. No. 09/562,785, filed May 2, 2000, Notice of Allowance mailed May 21, 2007, 7 pages.|
|32||U.S. Appl. No. 09/562,785, filed May 2, 2000, Office Action mailed Feb. 17, 2004, 10 pages.|
|33||U.S. Appl. No. 09/562,785, filed May 2, 2000, Office Action mailed Jul. 25, 2006, 18 pages.|
|34||U.S. Appl. No. 09/569,097, filed May 10, 2000, Advisory Action mailed Jun. 24, 2004, 2 pages.|
|35||U.S. Appl. No. 09/569,097, filed May 10, 2000, Advisory Action mailed May 11, 2009, 3 pages.|
|36||U.S. Appl. No. 09/569,097, filed May 10, 2000, Advisory Action mailed May 6, 2008, 3 pages.|
|37||U.S. Appl. No. 09/569,097, filed May 10, 2000, Final Office Action mailed Feb. 11, 2008, 6 pages.|
|38||U.S. Appl. No. 09/569,097, filed May 10, 2000, Final Office Action mailed Jan. 28, 2004, 8 pages.|
|39||U.S. Appl. No. 09/569,097, filed May 10, 2000, Final Office Action mailed Jun. 16, 2005, 16 pages.|
|40||U.S. Appl. No. 09/569,097, filed May 10, 2000, Final Office Action mailed Mar. 4, 2009, 8 pages.|
|41||U.S. Appl. No. 09/569,097, filed May 10, 2000, Notice of Allowance mailed Mar. 5, 2010, 9 pages.|
|42||U.S. Appl. No. 09/569,097, filed May 10, 2000, Office Action mailed Aug. 9, 2007, 8 pages.|
|43||U.S. Appl. No. 09/569,097, filed May 10, 2000, Office Action mailed Jul. 3, 2003, 7 pages.|
|44||U.S. Appl. No. 09/569,097, filed May 10, 2000, Office Action mailed Oct. 7, 2002, 6 pages.|
|45||U.S. Appl. No. 09/569,097, filed May 10, 2000, Office Action mailed Oct. 7, 2004, 12 pages.|
|46||U.S. Appl. No. 09/569,097, filed May 10, 2000, Office Action mailed Sep. 1, 2009, 6 pages.|
|47||U.S. Appl. No. 09/569,097, filed May 10, 2000, Office Action mailed Sep. 3, 2008, 6 pages.|
|48||U.S. Appl. No. 09/617,590, filed Jul. 18, 2000, Final Office Action mailed Jun. 14, 2005, 10 pages.|
|49||U.S. Appl. No. 09/617,590, filed Jul. 18, 2000, Notice of Allowance mailed Mar. 27, 2006, 10 pages.|
|50||U.S. Appl. No. 09/617,590, filed Jul. 18, 2000, Office Action mailed Feb. 17, 2004, 10 pages.|
|51||U.S. Appl. No. 09/617,590, filed Jul. 18, 2000, Office Action mailed Jul. 25, 2006, 9 pages.|
|52||U.S. Appl. No. 09/617,590, filed Jul. 18, 2000, Office Action mailed Nov. 16, 2004, 11 pages.|
|53||U.S. Appl. No. 09/617,590, filed Jul. 18, 2000, Office Action mailed Sep. 27, 2006, 9 pages.|
|54||U.S. Appl. No. 09/967,493, filed Sep. 27, 2001, Final Office Action mailed Aug. 19, 2005, 23 pages.|
|55||U.S. Appl. No. 09/967,493, filed Sep. 27, 2001, Final Office Action mailed Dec. 19, 2006, 33 pages.|
|56||U.S. Appl. No. 09/967,493, filed Sep. 27, 2001, Notice of Allowance mailed Apr. 11, 2008, 12 pages.|
|57||U.S. Appl. No. 09/967,493, filed Sep. 27, 2001, Office Action mailed Jan. 14, 2004, 15 pages.|
|58||U.S. Appl. No. 09/967,493, filed Sep. 27, 2001, Office Action mailed May 16, 2006, 26 pages.|
|59||U.S. Appl. No. 09/967,493, filed Sep. 27, 2001, Office Action mailed Oct. 2, 2004, 22 pages.|
|60||U.S. Appl. No. 09/967,493, filed Sep. 27, 2001, Office Action mailed Sep. 11, 2007, 15 pages.|
|61||U.S. Appl. No. 09/967,493, filed Sep. 27, 2001, Petition Decision mailed Dec. 18, 2006, 1 page.|
|62||U.S. Appl. No. 10/375,694, filed Feb. 26, 2003, Final Office Action mailed May 13, 2005, 13 pages.|
|63||U.S. Appl. No. 10/375,694, filed Feb. 26, 2003, Notice of Allowance mailed Apr. 3, 2006, 4 pages.|
|64||U.S. Appl. No. 10/375,694, filed Feb. 26, 2003, Office Action mailed Oct. 13, 2005, 9 pages.|
|65||U.S. Appl. No. 10/375,694, filed Feb. 26, 2003, Office Action mailed Sep. 7, 2004, 12 pages.|
|66||U.S. Appl. No. 10/394,409, filed Mar. 21, 2003, Advisory Action mailed Jan. 23, 2009, 3 pages.|
|67||U.S. Appl. No. 10/394,409, filed Mar. 21, 2003, Advisory Action mailed May 2, 2007, 3 pages.|
|68||U.S. Appl. No. 10/394,409, filed Mar. 21, 2003, Advisory Action mailed Oct. 23, 2009, 3 pages.|
|69||U.S. Appl. No. 10/394,409, filed Mar. 21, 2003, Final Office Action mailed Aug. 19, 2009, 11 pages.|
|70||U.S. Appl. No. 10/394,409, filed Mar. 21, 2003, Final Office Action mailed Feb. 22, 2007, 13 pages.|
|71||U.S. Appl. No. 10/394,409, filed Mar. 21, 2003, Final Office Action mailed Sep. 29, 2008, 19 pages.|
|72||U.S. Appl. No. 10/394,409, filed Mar. 21, 2003, Office Action mailed Aug. 3, 2007, 11 pages.|
|73||U.S. Appl. No. 10/394,409, filed Mar. 21, 2003, Office Action mailed Feb. 21, 2008, 21 pages.|
|74||U.S. Appl. No. 10/394,409, filed Mar. 21, 2003, Office Action mailed Mar. 4, 2009, 13 pages.|
|75||U.S. Appl. No. 10/394,409, filed Mar. 21, 2003, Office Action mailed Sep. 1, 2006, 9 pages.|
|76||U.S. Appl. No. 10/706,151, filed Feb. 26, 2003, Final Office Action mailed Mar. 23, 2006, 9 pages.|
|77||U.S. Appl. No. 10/706,151, filed Feb. 26, 2003, Final Office Action mailed May 13, 2005, 6 pages.|
|78||U.S. Appl. No. 10/706,151, filed Feb. 26, 2003, Notice of Allowance mailed Apr. 18, 2008, 8 pages.|
|79||U.S. Appl. No. 10/706,151, filed Feb. 26, 2003, Office Action mailed Oct. 10, 2007, 5 pages.|
|80||U.S. Appl. No. 10/706,151, filed Feb. 26, 2003, Office Action mailed Oct. 20, 2004, 4 pages.|
|81||U.S. Appl. No. 10/706,151, filed Feb. 26, 2003, Office Action mailed Sep. 16, 2005, 7 pages.|
|82||U.S. Appl. No. 11/414,072, filed Apr. 27, 2006, Advisory Action mailed Dec. 28, 2009, 3 pages.|
|83||U.S. Appl. No. 11/414,072, filed Apr. 27, 2006, Advisory Action mailed Jan. 9, 2009, 3 pages.|
|84||U.S. Appl. No. 11/414,072, filed Apr. 27, 2006, Final Office Action mailed Oct. 16, 2009, 19 pages.|
|85||U.S. Appl. No. 11/414,072, filed Apr. 27, 2006, Final Office Action mailed Oct. 23, 2008, 21 pages.|
|86||U.S. Appl. No. 11/414,072, filed Apr. 27, 2006, Office Action mailed Apr. 24, 2008, 33 pages.|
|87||U.S. Appl. No. 11/414,072, filed Apr. 27, 2006, Office Action mailed Mar. 24, 2009, 16 pages.|
|88||U.S. Appl. No. 11/415,759, filed May 1, 2006, Advisory Action mailed Jan. 26, 2011, 3 pages.|
|89||U.S. Appl. No. 11/415,759, filed May 1, 2006, Final Office Action mailed Nov. 17, 2010, 9 pages.|
|90||U.S. Appl. No. 11/415,759, filed May 1, 2006, Office Action mailed Mar. 30, 2010, 9 pages.|
|91||U.S. Appl. No. 11/478,558, filed Jun. 28, 2006, Final Office Action mailed May 19, 2011, 15 pages.|
|92||U.S. Appl. No. 11/478,558, filed Jun. 28, 2006, Office Action mailed Oct. 21, 2010, 12 pages.|
|93||U.S. Appl. No. 11/496,057, filed Jul. 28, 2006, Advisory Action mailed Mar. 9, 2011, 3 pages.|
|94||U.S. Appl. No. 11/496,057, filed Jul. 28, 2006, Final Office Action mailed Jan. 4, 2011,17 pages.|
|95||U.S. Appl. No. 11/496,057, filed Jul. 28, 2006, Office Action mailed Jul. 21, 2010, 23 pages.|
|96||U.S. Appl. No. 11/559,969, filed Nov. 15, 2006, Office Action mailed Mar. 31, 2010, 13 pages.|
|97||U.S. Appl. No. 11/559,969, filed Nov. 15, 2006, Office Action mailed Mar. 5, 2009, 11 pages.|
|98||U.S. Appl. No. 11/559,969, filed Nov. 15, 2006, Office Action mailed Oct. 2, 2009, 11 pages.|
|99||U.S. Appl. No. 11/760,427, filed Jun. 8, 2007, Advisory Action mailed Aug. 30, 2010, 3 pages.|
|100||U.S. Appl. No. 11/760,427, filed Jun. 8, 2007, Final Office Action mailed Jun. 25, 2010, 13 pages.|
|101||U.S. Appl. No. 11/760,427, filed Jun. 8, 2007, Office Action mailed Apr. 8, 2011, 19 pages.|
|102||U.S. Appl. No. 11/760,427, filed Jun. 8, 2007, Office Action mailed Dec. 11, 2009, 13 pages.|
|103||U.S. Appl. No. 11/760,472, filed Jun. 8, 2007, Office Action mailed Mar. 25, 2011, 7 pages.|
|104||U.S. Appl. No. 11/760,505, filed Jun. 8, 2007, Office Action mailed Apr. 4, 2011, 7 pages.|
|105||U.S. Appl. No. 11/760,519, filed Jun. 8, 2007, Final Office Action mailed Jul. 26, 2010, 15 pages.|
|106||U.S. Appl. No. 11/760,519, filed Jun. 8, 2007, Office Action mailed Jan. 21, 2010, 9 pages.|
|107||White, Ron, "How Computers Work", Millenium Ed., Que Corporation, Sep. 1999, 322 pages (2 pdf attachments).|
|Patente citante||Fecha de presentación||Fecha de publicación||Solicitante||Título|
|US8369500||8 Jun 2007||5 Feb 2013||Oracle International Corporation||Revenue management systems and methods with sponsored top-up options|
|US8422651||16 Abr 2013||Oracle International Corporation||Revenue management systems and methods with re-rating and rebilling|
|US8462923||8 Jun 2007||11 Jun 2013||Oracle International Corporation||Revenue management systems and methods with payment suspense management|
|US8798576||8 Jun 2007||5 Ago 2014||Oracle International Corporation||Revenue management systems and methods with enhanced rollover|
|US20070288368 *||8 Jun 2007||13 Dic 2007||Oracle International Corporation||Revenue management systems and methods with payment suspense management|
|US20080033873 *||8 Jun 2007||7 Feb 2008||Oracle International Corporation||Revenue management systems and methods with enhanced rollover|
|US20080033874 *||8 Jun 2007||7 Feb 2008||Oracle International Corporation||Revenue management systems and methods with sponsored top-up options|
|US20080040267 *||8 Jun 2007||14 Feb 2008||Oracle International Corporation||Revenue management systems and methods with re-rating and rebilling|
|US20140172657 *||19 Dic 2012||19 Jun 2014||Microsoft Corporation||Reverse rating and applications to overage billing|
|US20150154625 *||10 Feb 2015||4 Jun 2015||Bank Of America Corporation||Reward Program for Financial Accounts|
|Clasificación de EE.UU.||379/114.05, 379/121.02, 379/114.03|
|Clasificación internacional||H04M15/00, G06Q40/00|
|Clasificación cooperativa||G06Q20/102, G06Q40/00|
|Clasificación europea||G06Q40/00, G06Q20/102|
|7 Sep 2007||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION, CALIFORNIA
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:KRISHNAMOORTHY, JAYAPRAKASH;LABUDA, DAVID S.;HADDOCK, JAMES R.;AND OTHERS;REEL/FRAME:019797/0190;SIGNING DATES FROM 20070516 TO 20070529
Owner name: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION, CALIFORNIA
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:KRISHNAMOORTHY, JAYAPRAKASH;LABUDA, DAVID S.;HADDOCK, JAMES R.;AND OTHERS;SIGNING DATES FROM 20070516 TO 20070529;REEL/FRAME:019797/0190
|3 Abr 2012||CC||Certificate of correction|
|8 Jul 2015||FPAY||Fee payment|
Year of fee payment: 4